Monthly Archives: October 2013

HISTORY – The Execution of The Namoa Pirates in Kowloon City, 1891 7

This old (and graphic) photograph shows the beheading of the 15 Namoa pirates in Kowloon City in 1891…

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On the 3rd of December, 1890, the Douglas, Lapraik, and Co’s coasting steamer, the ‘Namoa’ (commanded by Captain Thomas Guy Pocock) left for Swatow, Amoy, and Foochow. On board were several Europeans and a large number of Fuhkien Chinese passengers returning home from California.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Spooky MTR Levitation Photography 2

Right in time for Halloween, ‘FloatPlay Mui‘ shares her spooky ‘floatography’ levitation shots with Hong Wrong. Taken in Hong Kong’s MTR station, the set is inspired by the work of another artist, Natsumi Hayashi, a schoolgirl from Tokyo…

Mui says her work is “more than just re-defining atmospheric pressure and gravity… [It] declares war against the pressures of life suffered by Hong Kong people. With the attitude of getting pleasure out of pressure, we can defy gravity and float on air. Levitation will lead us to different regions of Hong Kong, or we can even ‘float’ overseas.”

BLOG – Shit Jackie Chan Says 2

As previously highlighted, Hong Kong’s ‘cultural ambassador’ seems to have it in for his home city. Recently, Jackie’s only martial arts trick appears to involve jamming his foot firmly into his mouth… Below, we showcase some of his most facepalm-inducing gems, kicking off with his thoughts on the Taiwanese election process…

HK LIFE – Surprise! Loyal HSBC Customers Who Remained With Bank Screwed Again 11

Those who hadn’t the time or inclination to leave HSBC after their disastrous mainland-pandering UnionPay debacle have been rewarded for their patience. Finally, after months of promises, cardholders who complained are receiving internationally recognised ATM cards once more.

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However, customers who read the small print will notice that they are being royally screwed around yet again. Despite patiently remaining with the bank, loyal customers will be taxed for regaining the same level of access to their money they previously enjoyed every day. 

POLITICS – Interests of Conflict Weekly Digest #5 2

Interests of ConflictBelow is the latest digest from our political commentator ‘Tony Wong’. Hong Wrong publishes a selection of his musings each week, but you can sign up for his full, daily newsletter by emailing ‘subscribe‘ to [email protected] It is “aimed at informed residents who are encouraged to further develop and rebut the arguments made here, and in the media, to create actual, honest and productive political dissent.”

Friday, 25/10: Property –  Jake Van Der Kamp writes in the SCMP about how low interest rates in the United States have inflated Hong Kong’s real estate prices. He claims that low interest rates in the USA equal rising housing prices here, but looking up the data (see google’s public data explorer below) shows us that this is simply not true. In the last 10 years property prices have been rising steeply, and yet in the same period we have seen both times of high and of low interest rates. Between ‘93 and ‘98, when property prices doubled interest rates were even between 4 and 6%… Van Der Kamp makes it look as if we, given the dollar peg, have no choice but to simply accept the exploding living costs that, as he points out, very much screw over the poor… Truth is however, we do have a choice, or at least our government does. The rising prices are a story of demand and supply. In the years after the ‘97 Asian Financial Crisis which coupled with the SARS epidemic, 9/11 and the bust of the dotcom bubble demand drastically fell. But as supply remained stagnant prices were nothing but bound to explode once demand recovered… As we do not want to wait for the world economy to completely collapse to have decent living conditions again we must create more housing now. Sell some of these empty parking lots maybe?

BLOG – HSBC Lit in LGBT Rainbow Colours Tonight 4

Central’s HSBC building will be shrouded in a neon multi-coloured gay rainbow of illuminated equality this evening.  It is the first time the iconic building’s lighting scheme has been changed from the bank’s corporate red and white. The temporary change is part of ‘Out on the Street‘ – a campaign which began on New York’s Wall Street to encourage employers in the financial sector to publicly show support for their LGBT workers.

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via Pink Alliance FB

BLOG – Google Auto-Complete: What the Internet Thinks About Hong Kong 9

Although unscientific, Google’s ‘auto-complete’ feature can be quite revealing. When the search engine’s algorithm automatically ‘suggests’ terms as we type, it gives us an idea about what others are Googling and how often. Below are a few insights into what the internet thinks of Hong Kong…

EVENT – ‘Secret Walls’ Hong Kong – The 1-on-1 Street Art Battle

Artists ‘Used Pencil’ and ‘Jimson’ faced at off the fourth qualifying round of Secret Walls at Les Boules on Tuesday night…

The worldwide premier art battle finally arrived in HK this year. Two competitors race to complete a canvass using only black marker – the audience and judges then choose a winner.

“Working in a similar way to Fight Club, Secret Walls battles are set up and promoted through word of mouth & social media… Secret Walls began back in 2006 in a small bar in East London – they are now hosted in secret and unique locations in all major cities from Tokyo to Malmo, New York to London.”

PLACES – Kuk Po, Part 4: Plover Cove Abandoned Ghost Town Revisited 3

What remains of Kuk Po took a battering from the elements this summer as floods and typhoons caused damage to the decaying remnants of a once-thriving community. The fate of the abandoned village remains up in the air as the government seek to rezone the the rural site, preventing ex-villagers from rebuilding.

Conservationists have been working to identify rare species in the area in the hope such findings will prevent redevelopment.

Click here to see part 1 of Hong Wrong’s photos from the ghost town, and here for the follow-up.